Glens battle back to earn vital point

Meikle makes the score 1-1 with a shot from close range.
Meikle makes the score 1-1 with a shot from close range.

Bathgate Thistle 2, Glenrothes Juniors 2

For this crucial six pointer Glens made a few changes from last week with Steele, Sawers and Pearson coming in for Kinnes, Bissett and Moffat.

The match started brightly for the home side with a superb run from Hutton finishing with him shooting wide of the target.

Glens started making progress when Sawers got himself down the left and his effort was diverted for a corner, which, when taken, was met by the head of Napier and cleared off the line by the Bathgate defence.

A minute later an effort from Griffin went sailing over the crossbar. At the other end the troublesome Hutton broke clear but a well timed tackle from Gary Pearson saved the day.

On nine minutes the home side took the lead when a shot was parried by Chris Gay into the path of Baird who shot home.

Glenrothes went at it straight from the re-start when Martin broke clear but the keeper raced from his goal to win the ball.

Glens were now creating lots of chances but they were just not falling the right way.

A header from Forbes was wide of the target but they were soon rewarded for their efforts in the twenty fifth minute when an excellent run and cross from Martin was met by Meikle who made no mistake from close range.

Chances from both sides saw the crossbar being struck at both ends; firstly Wallace with a speculative shot from twenty five yards struck the Bathgate woodwork, with a fine effort from Hutton at the other end striking the bar. In the last minute of the half Chris Gay was called into action with an excellent save from Hutton.

The second half got of to a disappointing start for the Glens when an effort from Murphy was deflected by a defender and found its way into the back of the net.

Bathgate soon found themselves reduced to ten men when McCormack had a petulant kick at Meikle and left the referee with no choice.

Glens were now trying to make the extra body count with Martin having his shot well saved from Adamson, and a fine run and shot from Napier saved by the keeper.

On fifty seven minutes Glens equalised when a thumping shot from Martin found the back of the net.

Glens made their first change ten minutes later when Kinnes came on for Steele and the sub made a great run and cross on the right which was missed by everybody.

Bathgate were reduced to nine with a few minutes left when Wilson was shown a straight red for scything down Griffin.

Glens left Bathgate with a point when, with just a smidgen of luck, they could have taken all three. Glens are over the bridge again next week when they travel to Arniston with a 2.30 KO.

Glenrothes: C Gay, Steele, Sawers, Pearson, Macbride, Griffin, Napier, Forbes, Martin, Meikle, Wallace. Subs: Kinnes, Bissett, J Gay, Guppy